Tulsa, OKC officials arrest Missouri man, brother for abduction

Tulsa, OKC officials arrest Missouri man and brother for abduction of daughter

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A Missouri man was arrested in Oklahoma City late Monday night after officials say he abducted his 11-year-old daughter before school in Aurora, Missouri earlier in the day.

Andrew Smith, 46, was arrested in Oklahoma County Monday night. Just a short time earlier, his brother, Oliver, was arrested in Tulsa.

The Aurora Police Department issued an Endangered Person Advisory just before 8:00 AM Monday. The Missouri Highway Patrol says Andrew Smith was a non-custodial parent and he abducted her at the school. A witness told KY3 Danielle tried to escape the car.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it was alerted to the abduction by Aurora Police. Troopers mobilized and began searching for the suspect's vehicle. By noon Monday, OHP says they learned he was communicating with his ex-wife and believed he was in the Tulsa area.

Around 2:00 PM, OHP troopers on the Turner Turnpike said they spotted his brother, Oliver Smith, near Welston and arrested him.

OHP continued to investigate and search for Andrew in Oklahoma and they eventually spotted his personal vehicle in a Flying J truck stop on I35 just north of Oklahoma City. Officials say he left the car and drove a rental car to Missouri, the vehicle he used to abduct his daughter.

At 5:30 PM, OHP says they spotted his rental car across the street from the Flying J. Troopers pulled up to his vehicle and arrested him. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on kidnapping charges.  

Troopers took the juvenile, who was unharmed, into protective custody and reunited her with her mother later Monday evening.

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